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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 56 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Colin De Grussa

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 February 2019

LIVE EXPORT — MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT — VESSEL TOUR

56. Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Agriculture and Food:

Recently, a number of members of Parliament were extended an invitation to tour a live export vessel in Fremantle, and I note that the minister was not in attendance.

(1) Was the minister invited to attend this tour?

(2) If yes to (1), why was the minister unable to attend?

(3) Did the minister send a representative to attend the tour?

(4) Has the minister received any further invitations to tour a live export vessel?

(5) If yes to (4), has the minister committed to undertake a tour of a live export vessel?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for this question.

(1)–(5) Yes, I was invited to the tour about four days before the event was due to take place. I do not know what the ministers were like when members opposite were in government—I am sure they were firing on all four—but we certainly do not have days unfilled to drop everything and go to a particular event.

In any event, the invitation was from Emanuel Exports. Emanuel is a company that is not an exporter of live sheep. Indeed, the federal government and the National Party's Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources saw fit to cancel Emanuel's licence. I wonder about the position and standing of Emanuel to invite members of Parliament to such a meeting. Indeed, I think it calls into question, given that the federal government made a decision that in order—I quote the minister—''to protect Australia's high standards of animal welfare and health'' he had to cancel its licence, that you thought it was appropriate to go down there. I wonder what sort of message that sends. I am talking to those people who are actually accredited by the federal government to export sheep. I am happy to go down, as I have said to them, and inspect a vessel with a properly accredited licensed exporter.

Several members interjected.

The PRESIDENT: When members are ready, Hon Colin Tincknell has the call.